It missed out on the coveted rating because seemingly innocuous oversight.
Make no mistake, the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 is a very safe pickup truck. It aced nearly all of the Insurance Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s six crashworthiness tests, including the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, passenger-side small overlap, side, roof strength and head restraints tests, whereas the previous generation Ram 1500 received a less impressive marginal rating in the driver-side small overlap front test and the roof strength test.
Unfortunately, it missed out on the coveted Top Safety Pick rating because its best available headlights earned only a marginal rating.
It’s worth noting that the IIHS introduced the passenger-side small overlap test in 2017, and 2019 Ram 1500 is the first pickup to undergo and, thus, ace the test. It’s optional front crash prevention system also earned a superior rating, helping avoid crashes at 12 mph and 25 mph as tested.
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Ram 1500 North Edition Is All About Winter Survival
The truck is one of the more off-road capable models in the new RAM 1500 lineup.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has introduced the Ram 1500 North Edition, a winter-focused special edition with the tools to survive cold weather.
It comes appropriately-equipped, featuring a one-inch factory lift, a 4×4 transfer case, an electric-locking rear axle, rugged service-rated on/off-road Falken LT tires, and even an engine block heater to keep the oil warm in extreme cold.
Inside, the Ram 1500 North Edition is fitted with heated seats and a heated steering wheel, remote start, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM Travel Link Weather, a 12-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar, and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
Drivers will have the choice of either FCA’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8, with an electronic locking differential helping distribute their power.
The Ram 1500 North Edition is available in crew cab, short bed or long bed body configurations, with prices starting at $47,585 (including $1,695 freight) in the United States.
New Ram 1500 Rebel 12 Pickup Lets You Off-Road In Luxury
The package gives the Rebel a leather interior and more creature comforts.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has raveled the new Ram 1500 Rebel 12, a special edition model that gives drivers the best of both worlds in an off-road pickup truck.
Whereas the regular 1500 Rebel does away with many of the luxury and convenience tech to optimize durability, the Rebel 12 keeps them while still delivering the same off-road capabilities. In fact, it is the first all-new Rebel to offer leather seating and FCA’s new 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Buyers can also equip their truck with a Harman Kardon audio system featuring 19 premium speakers, 900-watt surround-sound amplifier, 10-inch subwoofer and active noise cancellation.
A factory lift, locking rear differential, 33-inch tires, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, and tow hooks remain standard issue.
The new Ram 1500 Rebel 12 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018 with a starting price of $48,685 in the United States.
RAM Is Working On New Midsize Pickup Truck
The Dodge Dakota is finally getting a replacement.
Having previously dismissed the idea of building a rival to the Chevy Colorado / GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed development of a new Ram midsize pickup truck.
The segment continues to grow — a new Ford Ranger has also entered the fray — and has become too lucrative to ignore.
FCA believes midsize segment has grown to a point where it can accommodate both the Jeep Wrangler-based pickup and a successor to the discontinued Dodge Dakota (pictured).
A presentation slide from FCA’s Capital Markets Day revealed the new model to be scheduled for a 2022 launch, giving buyers a smaller alternative to the Ram 1500. It will ride on a body-on-frame platform like the Jeep Wrangler-based pickup and offer an off-road-oriented TRX variant.
The company expects the addition of a midsize pickup to help boost RAM sales from an estimated 770,000 units in 2018 to as high as a million units by 2022. Production will take place alongside the Wrangler pickup.